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Date posted:  Sep 23, 2022

Buenos Aires, AR

Job Function:  Sales & Marketing 
Job Type:  Permanent
Job Requisition ID:  13336

Operations Manager South Region

About the Unit

About Yara
Founded in 1905 to solve the emerging famine in Europe, Yara grows knowledge to responsibly feed the world and protect the planet. Supporting our vision of a world without hunger, we pursue a strategy of sustainable value growth, promoting climate-friendly and high-yielding crop nutrition solutions for the world’s farming community and food industry.
Our ambition is to be the Crop Nutrition Company for the Future. We are committed to creating value for our customers, shareholders and society at large, as we work to develop a more sustainable food value chain. To achieve our ambition, we have taken the lead in developing digital farming tools for precision farming and work closely with partners throughout the food value chain to improve the efficiency and sustainability of agriculture and food production. 


About Market  

South Atlantic 
Argentina presents significant opportunities for growth within the agricultural sector. Yara has set ambitious targets to develop into the leading crop nutrition company, considering the fertilizer market in the region is approx. 298 KT. By joining our team, you and your colleagues will be important contributors to the success of Yara’s local value chain by building great relationships with our commercial organization, partners and customers.


Supply Chain 
The Supply Chain area creates value by leveraging Yara’s knowledge and scale through global procurement, optimization of assets and efficient supply chain operations.


Currently we have the vacancy for the position of Operations Manager South Region. We need a person with an experienced and highly motivated leader profile, whose main purpose is to ensure compliance with the commercial strategy, aiming to consolidate customer satisfaction and loyalty, to make their business more productive and profitable, to contribute to the company's results. 


Main Responsibilities

- Lead the functional deployment of  the Yara operations and safety standards (in coordination with HESQ area) for South Region via implementation of YPS* (Yara Productivity System), including but not limited to TOPS*, HOPS*, Lean, etc. 
*YPS, TOPS and HOPS: systems of best practices and optimization processes.
- Support operation in Chile to ensure Knowledge transfer and best practices implementation. 
- Champion of  Project Management  related to infrastructure expansion and optimization.
- Optimize human resources and assets to achieve the best possible cost per ton, and maximize profitability and the best use of working capital. 
- Define and drive implementation of best operational infrastructure footprint in all terminals, in terms of blending, bagging, product handling, storage, receiving and dispatch.
- Responsible for the optimal and safe port operations, ensuring product quality and operational efficiency.
- Responsible for the external warehouses operations and logistics associated to Industrial Portfolio.
- Continuously measurement of  compliance and operational KPIs to identify gaps. Develop and monitor action plans to close gaps and implement structural operational improvements.  All of these aligned with YPS.
- Follow-up data sources to identify waste and cost saving opportunitie.
- Tracking and analysis of  the monthly operation dashboard (CRC*, CRC/Tm, TPDMH, off-spec, operation initiatives and customer complaints) for the sites in order to perform  improvement plans and necessary..
*CRC: Capacity Related Cost
- Deploy functional direction and guidance at site execution level.
- Management and control of agreements with contractors and partners involved in site operations.
- Responsible for implementation of a maintenance program aligned with TOPS8.01.
- Ensure the best level of comunication and collaboration with the Logistic and Trade Manager in order to reach common objetives related to Supply Chain. Close coperation with Logistic and Trade Manager is critical for the success of Supply Chain Operations
- Follow-up the accomplishment of the Service Level Agreements with Commercial area. 
- Provide guidance and best practices to ensure Yara HESQ standards including product stewardship are duly reached at all Sites and warehouses
- Ensure that Yara Golden Rules and Safety Management Principles for sites are fully understood, communicated and adhered to.
- Know and comply with policies, E&C, safety principles, guidelines and HESQ standards established by the company, based on the Safe by Choice philosophy, as well as the applicable legal requirements and know and comply with the other requirements defined in the Matrix of HESQ responsibilities, associated with their position / role.
* HESQ: policies related to health, environment, patrimonial security and quality.
- Manage off-spec product by systematically working in reducing off spec generation on one side and in parallel continue to sell/dispatch existing off-spec product at site in collaboration with Logistic & Trade Manager and Commercial Team.



Degree in Engineering or other relevant disciplines; preferably with Masters or other post-graduation course in Supply Chain and/or Industrial Operations. 
Understanding of fertilizers commercial dynamics


Work Experience
5 years in Supply Chain Operations.
Operations and process experience. 


Knowledge and skills
- Team worker with the ability to motivate and engage  his/her team toward  the reach to the objetives. 
- Strong analytical skills, with an ability to plan and work systematically
- Strong communication skills to ensure the matrix organization works optimally
- Capable of influencing and building effective partnering relations
- Good IT skills 
- People & competence development
- Building, motivating and coaching a team 
- Proactive and results oriented 
- Ability to work within established policies and procedures
- Good understanding of business process management and experience with mapping and modeling business processes using a variety of tools and techniques.
- Port Operations.
- Fluent written and spoken English.


Other requirements
Experience in Project Management is a plus.

Additional Information

About the location 
The position is based in Argentina and will report directly to Regional Director South Region.


About diversity
As a global organization we actively strive to reflect diversity in society. Therefore, we motivate all qualified candidates from all backgrounds to submit their application. We are committed to creating a work environment that adapts to gender equality and allows us to combine professional development with the needs of a family or other personal circumstance. 

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